After being offered explemanations I never asked for about the 03/1917 Sgt York rifle debate and eventually giving in to curiousity so I would have something to tell people who feel compelled to give me info I didn't ask for, I ended up with some questions of my own which I have not seen answered or couldn't find answers for.
#1 It is well known and documented that his unit traded in their rifles for "British" Rifles. But who said they were SMLE's? Couldn't they have been P-14 rifles which were near identical to the 1917 except for caliber and rear sight grading?
#2 I have been repeatedly told that Sgt Yorks 1903 he used that day was stolen on the return trip home and the serial number is known and lots of folks are out looking for it. #2a.) If the serial number of the rifle is known how can there be a debate? #2b.) If this is true how and where did they get this serial number from?
#3 Supposedly Sgt Yorks rifle now resides on display at the University of Middle Tennessee (I think thats the right university) If so, why is there still a debate and how did they confirm this was his rifle?
Personally, unless it is proven he used a SMLE I don't care at all. But it seems you can't look at an 03 or 03A3 without having to hear about how Sgt. York killed a million billion Huns. So, if I knew for certain or atleast know what isn't true maybe I can pass some correct info on or stop some BS from spreading. But I would prefer to have a clue before engaging in debate with someone who has been fed the same line for 60yrs.